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The Safari Pesach Retreat

where Pesach is a pleasure without the pressure!

Safari sunsets and African ambience infuse Yom Tov with unparalleled beauty!

Contact us to for an exquisite Safari Pesach Retreat for your family to experience in South Africa!

South Africa’s Premiere Pesach Program

Celebrate your Seder in a Safari in sunny South Africa 

  • Enjoy a real ‘Out of Africa’ experience where nature and history meet. Join with fellow Jews from across South Africa and around the world for an incredible Pesach experience in South Africa.
  • Enjoy deluxe amenities with the best in Jewish learning and living, packed with exciting activities. Spend Yom Tov days relaxing with family, meeting new friends, encountering internationally renowned teachers and presenters.
  • During Chol Hamoed explore incredible attractions in the heart of the country. Our program offers a unique and inspiring experience in a warm friendly atmosphere.
  • Situated in the North West Province, just 21km from Sun City, the resort  has been game fenced and is populated with a wide variety of game, including eland, blesbok, impala, bushbuck, nyala, kudu, zebra, blue wildebeest, giraffe and sable – making it a dream destination for nature lovers.
  • With only 66 rooms, you are guaranteed an exclusive, more intimate experience that your family will remember. The rooms are all African-themed stone with thatched rooms and decorated with vibrant, hand-painted ethnic print fabrics and artworks reflecting Africa’s treasures.
  • Facilities include the renowned Paul Kruger Country House Museum, Spa in the Country, themed restaurants,  large swimming pools and private game drives.


Location, Location, Location!

  • Nestled among the picturesque Magalies Mountains is an ideal location for Yom Tov. It offers guests the perfect blend of comfort and adventure. We reserve the entire resort for our Pesach programme.
  • Choose between a variety of room types with all rooms featuring comfortable and modern amenities, as well as a private patio to enjoy gorgeous panoramic views of the mountains.
  • The hotel boasts a spa, swimming pool, hiking/jogging trails, and other activities for the entire family. We provide entertainment on Chol Hamoed.

Wine ‘n Dine

  • Our celebrated chefs offer a diverse and sumptuous Pesach menu. Delight your palate with three daily meals and a 24-hour tea room.
  • Mehadrin Standards • Non-Gebrokts • Non-Kitniyos • Shmura Matzah • Cholov Yisroel • Glatt • Selection of Wines
  • The entire resort is exclusively Kosher for Pesach under strict rabbinical supervision of Kosher SA with qualified experienced mashgichim under the auspices of the Johannesburg Beis Din and the UOS (Union of Orthodox Synagogues).

Sing and Pray

  • Our fully stocked Shul and seasoned Chazzanim promise beautiful tefilla services.
  • We also offer a host of stimulating shiurim, interactive lectures and workshops with Scholars in Residence as well as guest rabbis and personalities.
  • All is provided to allow you to fill your Yom Tov days with meaning and warmth.

Little Ones

  • Our Kids Club is manned by great counselors and stocked with activities and toys.
  • Children will love the captivating, age-appropriate, fun and meaningful programs prepared for them, including activities on Yom Tov using the CKids curriculum.
  • Planned activities include: sports, arts & crafts, jumping castles, swimming, movies, entertainment.
  • Babysitting options available (approx. $10 per hour).

Seders Nights

Which Seder type fits your preference?

  • COMMUNITY SEDER Led by the Rabbi in Residence. Discover the deeper meaning of Pesach and how to achieve personal freedom.
  • SEMI-PRIVATE SEDER Lead your own family Seder at a table in our elegant main dining room.
  • PRIVATE SEDER Enjoy an exclusive Seder in a room just for your own family (additional cost for private Seder rooms).

Explore and Adventure

  • Explore world-class attractions nearby! Book with our on-site tour operators for trips to nearby safaris and other must-see attractions or choose to rent a car and explore on your own. Incredible sight-seeing opportunities await within 20-60 minutes proximity: Safari game reserves, African cultural villages, Animal sanctuaries, Gold mines, Soweto and township tours, Bird gardens, Big-cat encounters, Hot air ballooning, Apartheid Museum, Cradle of Humankind, Wonder caves, Shows and more (see more details below).


  • Pilanesberg Game Reserve 550 square kilometers of African bush land with more than 10,000 large mammals including the Big 5 lions, leopard, rhinoceros, elephant, and buffalo. This National Game Reserve is a popular safari choice.
  • Sun City Entertainment Complex From family fun to adrenaline-fueled adventures, show-stopping entertainment, hundreds of activities day and night, including live shows and high-end shopping.
  • Kromdraai Gold Mine An unparalleled view of old mining methods. Enter the old workings through a large opening in the side of the hill and a short walk down the coco pan tracks through roughly worked tunnels and into the heart of the mountain, marvel at the conditions that people had to endure while extracting the gold ore. Includes an underground trip inside the horizontal mine tunnel.
  • Lion & Safari Park Drive-through safari, lion cub interactions, take pictures with the lions and participate in ‘Cheetah Walks’, night drives, self-game drives and guided safaris.
  • Bird Gardens Wander along enchanted walkways within magnificent gardens and marvel at a variety of colourful birds, mammals, reptiles and unusual animals from around the world. Includes daily show.
  • Kyalami Equestrian Park  The park plays host to a number of competitions every year on its 8 competition arenas.
  • Rhino and Lion Reserve  Nature reserve with emphasis on endangered species including lions, rhinos, cheetahs & vultures.
  • Dinokeng BIG 5 Game Reserve a smaller, more intimate game reserve experience nearby.
  • “Place of Rivers” boasts an interesting range of natural, cultural and historical heritage sites.
  • Croc City Crocodile and Reptile Park Interact with selected snakes and baby crocodiles.
  • Bushbabies Monkey Sanctuary Walk through indigenous forests on elevated wooden walkways, and experience a variety of exotic monkeys.
  • The Elephant Sanctuary  An unforgettable experience bringing Elephant and Man together in a unique and special way. Walk and interact with elephants.
  • Sterkfontein Caves Get a tour through the magnificent, cavernous expanse, famous for their fossil finds
  • Zwartkops Raceway The most exciting motor experiences in Africa
  • Maropeng/Cradle of Humankind Discover the origins of humankind in a unique architectural structure resembling an ancient burial mound. An underground boat ride starts the adventure, taking visitors through the various stages of Earth’s creation.
  • Hartebeespoort Dam An array of water sports, a local bird sanctuary, challenging hikes and gentle rambles, a range of African arts, crafts, novelties, curios, shopping outlets and cinemas
  • Apartheid Museum Acknowledged as the pre-eminent museum in the world dealing with 20th century South Africa, at the heart of which is the apartheid story.
  • Gold Reef City An amusement park located on an old gold mine, themed around the gold rush that started in 1886 with hourly gold mine tours.
  • Meet the founder and long-time owner of Apartheid Museum and Gold Reef City, Mr. Solly Krok at The Pesach Retreat
  • Lesedi Cultural Village A tourist village celebrating the cultural traditions of different African peoples. It reproduces traditional dwellings and offers demonstrations of dances and other cultural activities.
  • Pretoria  Capital City, filled with historical sites, museums and monuments.
  • Additional wide variety of scenic areas, sight-seeing musts, and historical spots within driving distance.
  • Lanseria Airport domestic airport with easy flights to Kruger Park, Cape Town, Victoria Falls and other not-to-miss African destinations.

Rates & Details

  • Our price starts at $2300 per adult in Standard Chalets.
  • Price including all meals, accommodation, activities and entertainment that we provide for the duration of the retreat.
  • Singles Special $2990 for single occupancy rooms
Q How far is Rustenburg from Johannesburg?

About a 2 hours drive from Johannesburg.

Q Do we need visas to travel to South Africa?

Citizens of the USA, most commonwealth countries, and Israel do not require visas. Be sure to ascertain in advance whether you require a visa.

Q Any specific travel rules that we should be aware of?

Yes. Please note that visitors must ensure that they have at least 2 blank VISA pages (not endorsement pages) in their passport. Passports must also be valid for at least 6 months ahead or they WILL be denied boarding to South Africa.

Q Any specific rules when flying with children or young adults?

If you are flying with children under age 18 then you must take along their original birth certificates. If a child is traveling with only one parent then you're also required to have an affidavit granting permission from the other parent endorsing travel with the child.

Q Any recommendations for best flight options?

All lights need to be booked directly by clients but we are happy to assist with any related questions or to help you book for a fee.
El Al flies direct from Tel Aviv to Johannesburg a number of times a week, Ethiopian and Turkish are also good options for flights from Israel.
United Airlines flies direct from New York and Washington to Johannesburg daily. Delta flies non-stop from Atlanta to Johannesburg daily. British and Virgin fly regularly from London. Use Google flights for a selection of best flight options.

Q What is the closest airport to the hotel?

Johannesburg's OR Tambo Intl Airport is about an hour and 45 minute drive from the hotel. Lanseria Airport is much closer for domestic travel.

Q Is there available transportation to and from the airport?

Yes. There are taxis, Uber (and similar services such as Bolt) available at any time of day or night. You can also hire a rental car from the many car rental companies in the airport. Contact us if your require assistance.

Q Are you able to provide us with transportation?

We can organise your transfers and transportation needs, at a competitive price, in partnership with a specialised service provider. In addition, the representative will meet you at the airport and drive you to the hotel safely. Please inquire with us once your Pesach reservation is finalised.

Q Do you offer babysitting options?

Yes. We are arranging babysitters to be available for the requests of our Pesach guests at local competitive prices (approx. $10 per hour). As the hotel is a distance from the city, babysitters arrangements need to be made in advance. To ensure that a babysitter is available for you at any time of day or night, please make sure to request when making your booking.

Q Will there be a Kid's Club?

Yes. There will be a special Kids program during Yom Tov with supervision, activities, lessons and games available on site for children from 3 to 12 years. Children under age 3 must always be accompanied with an adult. You can arrange a babysitter for younger kids.

Q Is there a laundry service?

Yes, the hotel does offer laundry service so you can pack light. Dry cleaning is directly available through the hotel. We have negotiated special rates per bag instead of per item for the duration of our program.

Q How is the price so low compared with other programs?

Our aim is to provide an affordable Pesach Retreat. While we keep the price lower than most others, we don't offer the same amenities as you may encounter at costlier Pesach getaways. We pride ourselves for providing an excellent program at a great price.

Q Is it possible to have a fridge in our room?

Yes. Each room has a mini refrigerator for your convenience.

Q What arrangements can be made for allergies?

We take food allergies seriously. Kindly inform us of any allergy problems in advance, and we will try to arrange food available for you and your family that is adequate and delicious.

Q Will the meals be served plated or buffet style?

Some meals will be served regally to your table while others will be buffet style.

Q Are there any shuttles or taxis available to go out?

If you want a specific transport, the concierge is at your disposal to organize your outings or tours at preferential rates.

Q Can we invite family or friends to join us for a meal?

Yes. if you want to have guests, please let us know in advance to make arrangements in our restaurants. Please note that meals must be pre arranged as for security reasons we will not allow any visitors on to the premises without prior arrangement.

Q What is provided between meals?

We will have available complementary drinks, hot tea and fresh brewed coffees, as well as snacks. There will be an Afternoon Tea at 4:30pm daily with extra refreshments too.

Q Can we get a cake to celebrate a family birthday?

Absolutely! We love celebrating birthdays with our guests; simply inform us in advance, we will be happy to offer a personalised cake for you to celebrate. Happy birthday!.

Q Will there be a Community Seder available on both nights if we choose not to make our own?

Yes. There will be a Community Seder, led by the rabbis, cantor and other inspiring personalities for both nights. We also propose, semi-private Sedarim in private adjoining rooms.
There will also be an exclusive all-ladies Seder led by world renowned speaker, Mrs Bronya Shaffer.

Q Can we have a Private Seder room?

Yes. However there are only a few private rooms available. Please request this option in advance as it'll be available on a first come, first served basis. There is an additional cost for Private Seder rooms.

Q Will there be activities and entertainment for adults?

In addition to the vast opportunities in the region, there will be a full program of events, lectures and activities for our guests.

3 Reviews for Safari Pesach Retreat in South Africa

Chani eichorn

1 Reviews

Best pesach ever!!!

5.0/ 5

We came to the program with another family from Lakewood, nj. It was the best pesach ever. Batya and Ari Keevman run a fantastic program. The most amazing positive energy, food is fresh and plentiful. They are always around looking to be of help. South Africa is a great country with tons to do and see. Even though the program has so much action you won’t be bored for a minute. Highly recommended!!!!

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5.0/ 5

We just enjoyed the most fabulous pesach ever! So much awesome entertainment, great speakers and topics, wonderful, plentiful food, stunning tablescapes and an overall warm inviting uplifting feeling. Will remember this holiday forever! Thank you Rabbi and Mrs. Kievman

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Pesach Travels

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Loved it

5.0/ 5

I really enjoyed this experience – from the monkeys in the trees, to the interesting lectures, and friends I made. The food was plentiful and good. It’s drivable to many fascinating places, although take note if you’re American that you’ll be on the wrong side of the road. The Chol Hamoed evenings were especially fun and themed. Most of the guests were South African. Hotel staff was lovely. The organized trips were not terribly organized, but it was good to have company, and the yummy box lunches they sent with us made up for it. Learn about safety precautions In the airport (lock/wrap luggage and watch it like a hawk), streets (don’t carry a purse) and safari (don’t get too close to animals that can step on your car) before you go. The location is remote, so you can’t count on ubers from there, and they recommend a local car service that comes, umm, when it comes.. There is a nice hotel in Jewish Joburg (Genesis) that is above a grocery with kosher-take out and a bagel store if you need a place to stay the night you come in.

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Additional Details

  • Passover Programs Entertainment:Concerts, Comedy Shows, Art, Fire Walking, Drum Circle, Gumboot Dancing
  • Pesach Programs Scholar in Residence:Past Speakers include: Chief Rabbi Warren Goldstein, Mrs. Bronya Shaffer, Shimona Tzukernik, Rabbi Daniel & Maria Beider, Rabbi Ari & Batya Kievman
  • Passover Programs Catering / Chef:Ephraim Stern (with many years of experience)
  • Pesach Programs Kashrut / Pesach Hotel Kosher Certified by:Kosher SA, a division of the UOS (Union of Orthodox Synagogues of South Africa)
  • Passover Vacations Nearby Attractions:Safaris, Mines, Museums, Water Sports, Amusement Parks, Cultural Villages, Nature, Animal interactions and sanctuaries,
  • Nearest Airports to your Passover Hotel:JNB - O R Tambo Johannesburg Intl Airport (120 minutes drive to the lodge), LHA Lanseria International Airport (90 minutes from resort)
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